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Tish hit out to seal semi-final spot



St Ishmaels 156-6 beat Lawrenny 155-5

ST ISHMAELS overhauled a competitive Lawrenny total with two overs to go to secure a semi-final fixture against Neyland, who won a tight game against Carew to seal their own spot in the Harrison-Allen Bowl semis.

A solid start from Lawrenny saw their openers put on 34 before a freakish run out. Kurtis Marsh (15) mistimed a drive straight to Andrew Pawlett, only for the fielder to drop the catch. However, Pawlett had the presence of mind the batsmen lacked.

Having set off for the run following the mishit, both batsmen were guilty of ball-watching and found themselves playing a game of ‘will-you/won’t you’ in the middle of the pitch.

Despite downing his chance, Pawlett’s throw was gathered and Marsh was on his way for a long walk back to the pitch side.

Fellow opener Henry Thomas kept the score ticking over with Kyle Marsh and brought the score into the sixties before Marsh, on 10, sliced Andrew Pawlett into the deep and into the hands of Jonathan Pawlett, who made no mistake with the chance.

With Pawlett bowling tidily, pressure grew on the Lawrenny batsmen and he removed the visitors’ key man, Thomas, clean-bowled for 33 well-made runs.

Next man in, Ryan Morton departed for two and Lawrenny were well and truly on the rack at 73-4 and in danger of subsiding to a well-below-par total.

However, Jamie Phillips and Joe Kidney dug deep and put on a rollicking stand of 62 which included plenty of big hits, particularly from Kidney who blasted his way to 40 before departing to Sean Williams with an over to go. Phillips kept up the momentum on his way to a fine undefeated 36 as Lawrenny closed their innings on 155-5.

Opening bowler Rob Williams then gave Lawrenny precisely the start they needed in the field, claiming the wickets of Bradshaw and Devonald before a spanking boundary catch by Henry Thomas off Steff Lewis left the hosts struggling at 22-3.

With Tish in all sorts of trouble and staring right down the barrel of a rare towsing, someone needed to take the game by the scruff of the neck for the home team and rebuild.

Home skipper Phil Cockburn showed he was the man for the job. Alongside Jonathan Pawlett (41) he added 87 to get Tish within striking distance of the Lawrenny total.

After Pawlett departed caught behind, Cockburn was joined by Jack Nicholas who blasted a fine six before departing run out for 15.

With three overs left in the game and the home team nineteen runs short of victory with four wickets in hand, it looked as though the game could end towards a testing finish.

The momentum remained with Phil Cockburn, however; the Tish skipper powered away a six off Kurtis Marsh in the twentieth over to bring up a real captain’s half-century and then pinched a single to put Andrew Pawlett on strike.

Pawlett proceeded to belt the only two balls he faced for a brace of sixes to end the game and seal a great comeback win for Tish.

Alec Colley Cup – Quarter Finals
St Ishmaels 77-2 beat Saundersfoot 74-6

A BLISTERING 54 not out from Karl Rhead led St Ishmael’s Second XI to the semi-finals of the Alec Colley Cup.

While each of the visitors’ top order showed attacking intent and hit some sparkling boundaries, none of them hung around long enough to build an innings of the sort of substance which would set the home side any sort of competitive target. Big sixes were not enough on their own to construct a team total as Saundersfoot’s innings stuttered to a below-par 74-6 at the end of their innings.

Tish’s bowlers, Kevin Bowen, Danny Flynn, Stuart Carpenter and Steve Williams bowled with good control and Saundersfoot’s final total owed a lot to the grit of veteran bat Paul Mansbridge who scored an undefeated 19 in the visitors’ cause.

A target of 75 to win didn’t look anywhere near enough to challenge the home team. However, Nav Kawale bagged Bowen and Flynn to give Saundersfoot early hope of an upset win.

Rhead soon set about his task, smashing 46 of his 54 not out in boundaries (including three sixes) while Carpenter chipped in with his own maximum to see Tish home in the 13th over.

The homesters’ reward is a semi final this Sunday against a strong Haverfordwest outfit, who brushed aside a game challenge by massive underdogs Pembroke Dock in the last round,

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Scarlets make five changes for Cardiff Blues clash



Scarlets show five changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup clash with Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets (15:00; Premier Sports),

Interim head coach Dai Flanagan has reshuffled his side, giving opportunities to centre Ioan Nicholas and lock Josh Helps.

It will be 23-year-old Nicholas’s first PRO14 appearance since October 2019, having been frustrated by injury this season. Helps comes into the starting XV for the first time since November.

In the back three there is one change with Johnny McNicholl replacing fellow Wales international Steff Evans on the left wing. The only other switch behind the scrum is the inclusion of NIcholas for Tyler Morgan to partner Jonathan Davies in midfield. Angus O’Brien and Kieran Hardy continue their half-back partnership.

Up front, Ryan Elias again swaps with Ken Owens and resumes the captaincy after leading the side for the first time in the opening round match against the Dragons. He packs down in between Rob Evans and Alex Jeffries, the scorer of the only try of the game in last weekend’s 22-6 win over the Ospreys.

Helps and Lewis Rawlins combine in the second row, while injuries to Blade Thomson and Uzair Cassiem see Ed Kennedy handed the No. 8 jersey. Kennedy, Aaron Shingler and Jac Morgan make up the back row.

There are two of Warren Gatland’s 2021 Lions selections on the bench in Ken Owens and Gareth Davies. Steff Thomas, Javan Sebastian, Morgan Jones, Iesyn Rees, Dan Jones and Joe Roberts provide the rest of the replacement cover.

Both the Scarlets and Blues have a win apiece after the opening two rounds of the Rainbow Cup.

Scarlets team v Cardiff Blues (Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup; Parc y Scarlets, Sat, May 15, 15:00 Premier Sports)
15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Tom Rogers, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Ioan Nicholas, 11 Johnny McNicholl; 10 Angus O’Brien, 9 Kieran Hardy; 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ryan Elias (capt), 3 Alex Jeffries, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Jac Morgan, 8 Ed Kennedy.
Reps: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Steff Thomas, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Iestyn Rees, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Joe Roberts.

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Newtown hold on to beat Haverfordwest



NEWTOWN secured seventh place in the JD Cymru Premier Play-off conference as they beat Haverfordwest County 2-1 at the Bridge Meadow.

The Robins had beaten the Bluebirds 6-1 at Latham Park a few weeks ago but it was much different this time around.

Newtown took the lead as early as the second minute as they won a corner which was sent into the box for Tyrone Ofori who flicked the ball in.

The Bluebirds battled for a way back into the game and came close when the ball was played over the top for Jack Wilson but it just ran away and the Newtown keeper Dave Jones was able to gather the ball.

On 17 minutes, the Bluebirds won a corner which Elliot Scotcher sent into the box and Danny Williams headed in to the far corner to make it 1-1.

Newtown were then given a free kick in a dangerous position which captain Craig Williams sent into the box. Kieran Mills-Evans chested the ball down at the back post and Bluebirds keeper Wojciech Gajda made a good save to push the ball away.

There was another chance for Newtown soon after as Tyrone Ofori saw his header pushed wide by Gajda.

From the resulting corner, Shane Sutton headed home to put Newtown back in front.

The Bluebirds then had a chance to get level but Dan Summerfield sent a rasping drive just over the bar.

With half an hour gone, Alaric Jones sent a ball into the box but Corey Shephard saw his header saved by Dave Jones.

Both sides battled away with Scotcher sending a drive over from the edge of the box.

However it remained 2-1 to the visitors as the half time whistle went.

Newtown had a great chance to extend their lead at the start of the second half as Williams sent a corner into the box but Mills-Evans headed just wide.

The Bluebirds looked to get back in the game but despite getting into some promising positions, they were unable to test the Newtown keeper.

With twenty minutes to go a Bluebirds throw was headed on to the back post. Danny Williams headed towards goal and thought it had gone over the line but Dave Jones made a fantastic save to keep Newtown ahead.

Sub Cameron Keetch then had a great chance to level for the home side but he headed wide.

As the game entered the final stages, rain became harder making things difficult for both sides. Newtown were still searching for a third and nearly had it when the ball was played in to Breese into the box but he shot wide.

The Bluebirds were also looking for a late equaliser but as time ran out they resorted to long balls which Newtown were able to deal with.

The visitors kept the ball in the corner late on but the Bluebirds were able to get the ball out as they looked for one last chance.

It never came and the visitors held on to secure seventh place in the table.

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Neyland through in Village Cup after beating Bronwydd



NEYLAND made it through to the next round of the Village Cup as they beat Bronwydd by 98 runs on Sunday (May 9).

No cricket had been possible in Pembrokeshire on Saturday because of heavy and persistent rain but some great work meant that their cup game could go ahead.

Before the game got underway, a minutes silence was held in respect of former Bronwydd CC player Aled John, who recently passed away.

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to field first which came as no surprise and they were able to restrict Neylad to a score of 160-9 in their 40 overs.

After losing Patrick Bellerby and Ashley Sutton early on, to the bowling of Clive Tucker, Neyland were sitting on a score of 23-2.

However, a stand of 54 between Nick Koomen and Brad McDermott-Jenkins put the hosts in a good position.

Koomen had reached 38 with six fours but he was then bowled by Josh Rencken and wickets continued to fall.

Nathan Banner departed for a second ball duck when he was bowled by Matthew Bagshaw and the same bowler then did the same to Ross Hardy.

McDermott-Jenkins had hit six fours in his score of 40 but he then fell to the bowling of Rencken and Neyand had slipped to 99-6.

Andrew Millers (1), George Evans (11) and Lewis Page all fell to the bowling of James Dickson as Neyland were in danger of being bowled out.

It was left to brothers Sean and Patrick Hannon to steady the ship as they shared 29 runs for the final wicket.

Both finished on scores of 15 not out with Sean hitting a six while Patrick’s score came from only 14 balls.

It meant that Bronwydd would need 161 to progress to the next round.

They made a steady start to their reply but when Josh Rencken was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Nathan Banner on a score of 19, wickets began to tumble.

Jacob Jenkinson made a score of 15 but he was then stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Miller also picked up the wicket of Oliver Furneaux before Ross Hardy trapped James Dickson leg before to leave the visitors on 51-5.

Hardy then did the same to Carwyn Jones and he also bowled Iwan Davies as the game started slipping away for Bronwydd.

Miller then picked up his third to finish with figures of 3-11 from his eight overs while Hardy returned to pick up his fourth to finish with impressive figures of 4-5 from seven overs, five of which were maidens.

McDermott-Jenkins wrapped the game up with the wicket of Colin Tucker as the hosts secured an excellent win.

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